Former Irish based filly Kissable (4m Danehill Dancer x Kitty O’Shea, by Sadler’s Wells) broke the ice for the first time in the US when taking out the $100,000 Richmor Aviation Waya Stakes at Saratoga.
Now with Roger Attfield after transferring across from Ireland earlier this year, Kissable improved on an unplaced effort at her first run stateside, finishing strongly to surge right away and win the mile and a half event on turf by four lengths.
“After talking to the assistant trainer, they thought that she actually was going to benefit from the distance and the way the ground was softer today,” said winning rider John Velazquez.
“It just worked out perfect. I saved the best ground I could around the first two turns. When we got to the backstretch and everyone moved out, I said ‘I’m going to go for the best ground.’ When I put her out, she felt more comfortable on the better ground, and that was the key right there.”
Group I placed back in Ireland, Kissable was overdue for a stakes victory and now has the overall record of two wins and four placings from 11 starts.
Owned by Three Chimneys Racing LLC and Trevor Harris, Kissable is from stakes-winning Sadler’s Wells mare Kitty O’Shea, a sister to Group I winner Brian Boru and half-sister to the dam of English Derby and Arc winner Workforce.